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A knight whose death is the object of Perceval’s quest in the Third Continuation of Chrétien’s Perceval.

The nephew of Sir Espignogres, Partinal besieged Goondesert, Perceval’s uncle, in the castle of Quingragan. The siege was lifted, but Partinal disguised himself as one of Goondesert’s knights, sneaked into the castle, and slew Goondesert with the Grail Sword.

Perceval learned of the murder from the Fisher King. He tracked Partinal to the Red Tower, Partinal’s castle, and killed him after a day-long duel. Perceval then took his head to the Grail Castle.

Partinal’s role is filled by the Hags of Gloucester in the Welsh Peredur.

Third Continuation of Chrétien’s Perceval | Manessier, c. 1230